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La vida inesperada (2013)

TV-14 | | Comedy | 25 April 2014 (Spain)
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Juanito moved to New York to follow his dream of being a big actor. Years have passed and he didn't achieve the success, he expected and spends his life working in different jobs to survive... See full summary »


Jorge Torregrossa


Elvira Lindo
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Cámara ... Juanito
Raúl Arévalo ... Jorge
Tammy Blanchard ... Jojo
Carmen Ruiz ... Sandra
Sarah Sokolovic ... Holly
Gloria Muñoz ... Madre
Juan Villarreal ... Claudio
Bill Blechingberg Bill Blechingberg ... Bill
Luis Carlos de La Lombana ... Raul (as Luis Carlos de la Lombana)
Miguel Belmonte ... Nene
Julia Murney ... Lisa
Amy Gaipa Amy Gaipa ... Carol
Twinkle Burke ... Irene
Johnny Solo ... Suave
Peter Gregus Peter Gregus ... Diner Waiter


Juanito moved to New York to follow his dream of being a big actor. Years have passed and he didn't achieve the success, he expected and spends his life working in different jobs to survive. One day his cousin Jorge arrives to visit him, expecting Juanito to be a successful man. However, through living together they will discover the truth about each other. Written by Mandy, UK

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25 April 2014 (Spain) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA


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Elvira Lindo started working on the screenplay eight years prior to the making of the movie, and worked closely with Javier Cámara in modeling his character. See more »


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This enjoyable romantic comedy develops an insightful and stirring story of friendship and love stories
13 April 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This romance story concerns about attractive love stories for the technology age along with social habits in N.Y.C. . I turns out to be a moving comedy well realized by Jorge Torregrossa about a marvelous friendship leads into an unexpected consequences . It follows the story of two young cousins , Juanito and Jorge . Juanito (Javier Cámara) moved to New York to follow his dream of being a big star . Years have passed and his expectations have been faded ; as he spends his life working in different jobs to survive . As he carries out part-time jobs , as a stage actor and a Cousine teacher . One day his cousin Jorge (Raul Arévalo) arrives to visit him , expecting Juanito to be a successful person . There Jorge falls in love for Holly (Sarah Sokolovic) and while Juanito falls for Jojo (Tammy Blanchard) .

This is an enjoyable romantic comedy with brief touches of drama about life of two agreeable cousins in a foreign big metropolis : New York . Dealing also with separated people in a long distance and they must rely on modern technology to keep their relationship alive , as happens on the special relationship between Juanito/Javier Cámara and his mother/Gloria Muñoz . This is an exciting as well as touching flick filmed with great sensitivity and feeling . This is a well-crafted and strikingly intimate film though monotonous about some separated people , as when you are oceans apart in love , you have to find creative ways to connect . It's an intelligent and charming story although sometimes is slow moving and tiring but is finely developed with sense of style and sensibility . Very pleasant yarn , filled with emotion , artistic scenes and plenty of sensitivity . The good thing about this film is that the director made it on a limited budget only having to do a few sets , yet the movie works on many levels but is constantly reconfigured . Very good acting by Javier Cámara as a frustrated actor who didn't achieve the wished success and nice Raul Arévalo as sympathetic cousin . Both of them have a good chemical as two particular roles living together and , early , will discover the truth about each other .

Luxurious photography with juicy atmosphere by Kiko De La Rica who photographed successes as ¨Lucia and Sex¨, ¨Oxford crimes¨ , "Witching & Bitching" , ¨Blancanieves¨, among others . Atmospheric musical score by Federico Jusid , including the catching song : ¨But Not for Me¨ written by George Gershwin and performed by Javier Cámara . Good direction who does have its emotive moments , most of them in the second half , being mostly romantic and some moments dramatic . This comedy with social elements was compellingly realized by Jorge Torregrossa , a little famous director , being best known in his native country as a TV director (such as Gran Hotel , Imperium , 14 Abril Republica , Tierra De Lobos) . His most known film was ¨Fin¨ with Maribel Verdú , who in ¨Vida Inesperada¨ makes a brief cameo , this motion picture marks Jorge Torregrossa's debut feature as a director but was garnering so much attention from international sites . In ¨Vida Inesperada¨ offers us an intelligent flick of foreign young people at a big city , intimate and committed . Rating : Acceptable and passable . Well worth watching .

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